The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
2nd April 2017
Welcome to Christ Church today, especially any visitors and those worshipping with us for the first time. We hope that within our worship everyone – regardless of age – will have a moment of highlight. This might be the music or a line from a hymn, something from the Bible readings or prayers or sermon. It might simply be worshipping in fellowship with other people. Please do stay for refreshments at the back of church.
Useful things to know about us:
- This building is fitted with an induction loop system – please put your hearing aid to the ‘T’ position.
- Magnifying sheets are available – please ask a steward.
- If you prefer not to receive the communion wine, eg if you are in recovery, please feel free to simply return to your seat having received the bread first.
- Mums are very welcome to breast feed babies anywhere in the church where they feel comfortable. Likewise babies can be bottle-fed anywhere. There is a baby-change area at the back of the church.
Please remember in your prayers:
Those who are ill: Hannah Warriner, Cath Jarvis, Hilda Westerman, Youngblood McCray, Jean Stanfield, Lesley Long, David and Audrey Askew, Andrew Lean, Josephine Smith, Jake Whiteside,
RIP Cem Bora, Pat Tetlow, Sr Michelle OHP
Thought for the week
Spend enough time around success and failure, and you learn a reverence for possibility.
Dale Dauten Action for the week
Put a Post-it note in your wallet/purse that says ‘Do I really need this?’ If you don’t, put it down and put the money you were going to spend to better use
Sunday April 2nd (JSP 5, Prophetic Challenge)
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church
11.50 am – JSP Study group
6 pm – Said Eucharist
9.15 am – Morning prayer – 55 Masonfield Cresc
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.
5.30 pm – Evening Prayer
6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings
7.30 – ‘Reflect in the City’ at the Cornerstone
11.30 – Eucharist, Moorside hall
5.30 pm – Silent Meditation
6 pm – Evening Prayer
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Eucharist at Dolphinlee House
Sunday April 9th – Palm Sunday
(JSP 6, Love priority)
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.15 – Procession from Williamson Park
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Parade service
11.50 am – JSP Study group
6 pm – Said Eucharist
Eco – Church
We have a theme each month for how we can adjust our lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly. This month we are focusing on Spring renewal – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Real Easter Egg
The Easter Eggs have arrived and are ready for collection from Reverend Susan. They cost £3.99 each.
‘Reflect in the City’ – 7.30pm Tuesday 4th April
At The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street. ‘Reflect in the City’ is a quiet evening service where you can reflect, meditate, worship….. Using music and prayers from the church across the world (Taize, Iona etc.), we aim to provide an opportunity to pause and worship God.
Jesus Shaped People and Lent Groups Lent groups have begun, with the discussion group meeting in the hall as soon as the 10-30 service ends. We will be using a new version of Jesus Shaped People, with specifically themed prayers etc being used as part of the 10-30 service on Sundays in Lent. We hope that lots of people will make the effort to stay for the group, which will end before 1pm.
Tiddlers Our group for pre-school children and their parents or carers meets every Friday morning 10.30 – 11.45 in the Church Hall. There is lunch provided afterwards for those who wish to stay.
PRAYER REQUESTS You can send requests for prayer by text to 07980 351855. If you would like to join the prayer group who respond to these requests, or you would like to know more, then talk to Pat.
The Bible readings for today …
Ezekiel 37 The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2He led me all round them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord God, you know.’ 4Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath* to enter you, and you shall live. 6I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath* in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.’ 7 So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath:* Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath,* and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ 10I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude. 11 Then he said to me, ‘Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.” 12Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.’
Mark 2 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people* came and said to him, ‘Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?’ 19Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. 21 ‘No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.’* 23 One sabbath he was going through the cornfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24The Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?’ 25And he said to them, ‘Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? 26He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.’ 27Then he said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; 28so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.’ Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3And he said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Come forward.’ 4Then he said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?’ But they were silent. 5He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.